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Ed Rampell

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Ed Rampell is a Los Angeles-based film historian and critic who contributes regularly to The Progressive; he created the Progie Awards in 2007 to highlight the year’s best progressive films and filmmakers. Rampell is the author of the 2005 book Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States and the coauthor of three other film history books, most recently The Hawaii Movie and Television Book.  

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George Takei talks about his latest work, lessons from history, and combatting racism and sexism today. more

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Tim Robbins discusses real world issues within the context of modern film and stage productions. more

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“I wanted young blacks to see their own history on the big screen. Today, it’s still a big problem, telling black stories in cinema.” more

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A new Netflix documentary about the famed activist lawyer is released just as the #MeToo wave ‘becomes a tsunami’ more

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The film, chronicling the Pentagon Papers, is extremely of the moment as another tyrannical president seeks to undermine the free press as he and his administration are under investigation. more

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Tackling a mysterious Cold War-era death and CIA wrongdoing in groundbreaking style, 'Wormwood' is arguably among the greatest films of all time. more

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From October of 1947 to roughly 1960, more than 300 artists were banned from working in the movies by HUAC unless they recanted their lefty politics. Seventy years later, this event is reenacted. more

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Hall’s harrowing, hard-hitting drama could be titled “The Worst Years of Their Lives.” more

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Tinseltown’s formula for dramatizing actual political controversies is to combine an entertaining, plot-driven storyline with history, compelling characters, and star power. more

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Despite its gloomy subject matter, the film offers some hope. more

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In Shot, Kagan shows us how a random shooting in Los Angeles affects the victim, and the shooter, too. more

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An ideal film to open over Labor Day weekend, Dolores is a stand-up-and-cheer biopic about one of the American left’s iconic heroes, Dolores Huerta. more

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“Zero Dark Thirty” was a despicable piece of pro-CIA propaganda, but with “Detroit” the filmmaker has redeemed herself. more

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“Comedians can say things journalists can’t...They cut right to the chase, tell you what’s going on—and make you laugh about it.” more

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In concentrating their attention on Gore, the filmmakers have created a fawning depiction of a flawed politician. more

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With stunning cinematography, bizarre sensuality, and heaps of humor, Jodorowsky recounts in creative, entertaining ways his adolescence growing up Jewish in Chile (his parents had emigrated from Russia) more

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Robbins and Moyers talk about their mutual distress over the current Attorney General’s opposition to bipartisan prison reform. more

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"I hear this “Pow!” and look over and people are fleeing and I see Erin limping away, clearly in pain. I thought, Oh, my God! Why did they shoot Erin?" more

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The image of Assange that emerges in "Risk" is complex, contradictory, controversial, and often troubling—and he may have severed ties with Poitras as a result. more

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“This Land is Our Land! This Land is Our Land! It is not your land, because it’s our land! Because we bought it. That’s why it’s our land! This land belongs to him and me! ” more

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